Dutch Oven Pins To Promote A Historical Cooking Style
With the motto ‘Good food, good friends, and good fun’, the International Dutch Oven Society is working to ensure the preservation and promotion of Dutch oven cooking. Those who are members wear annual Dutch oven pins, host events and cook-offs (such as the annual spring convention) with the public, create cook books, and work to foster increased interest in this historic cooking style.
In Dutch oven history, Dutch ovens, or cast-iron pots and pans, date back to Holland in the 1700s. Although it’s unclear how they made their way from there to the United States, many suggest that it was through a man named Abraham Darby. After observing the Dutch method for creating cast-iron pots, Darby experimented with the process and eventually patented a similar procedure using baking and sand molds. These new pots were shipped to the early colonies and were named Dutch ovens after the original Dutch casting method.
Over time Dutch ovens evolved, becoming more like their current style. Today’s Dutch ovens are usually a thick-walled cast iron pot with a tight fitting lid, although they can also be made of cast aluminum. The pots can be either flat-bottomed or have three legs to hold it above the coals, and have a handle attached to “ears” on each side of the oven for carrying. Dutch ovens can be used to make most anything that a conventional oven can, but are usually most suited for long, slow cooking. Arkansas, Texas, and Utah (where PinProsPlus is located) have named the Dutch oven their official state cooking pot.
Next year the International Dutch Oven Society will celebrate 20 years. Support them and their mission to preserve and promote by attending one of their gatherings or cook-offs. See if you can spot their annual Dutch oven pins, or have PinProsPlus help you design your own Dutch oven pin. With chapters throughout the country there’s sure to be an event near you, and if not, the food will make it worth the drive!